Board Officers

President           Diane Johnson Keller
Vice President   Craig Sonntag                      
Treasurer           Dan Callahan    
Secretary           Rebecca Lewis


Board Trustees


Allison Allsopp
William Downs
Robert Frato    
Robert George    
Jonathon Herman

Jeffrey Lewis    


Keith Kaiser
Chuck McClaugherty
Gerard Mastroianni
Thomas Moushey
Dean Pugh
Todd Pugh


Executive Director                   Melinda Carmichael
Education Director                  Nancy Baker-Cazan
Marketing Director                  Beth Karapandzich
Horticulture Manager             Tiffany Stephens
Wildlife Specialist                     Kim Brown
Visitor Services Director          Sarah Carmichael
Volunteer Coordinator            Michael George
Head Gardener                        Kathy Roesti
Facility Maintenance               Jason Stephens
Administrative Assistant        Sharon Purvis
Master Craftsman                   Mark Staib
Butterfly House Supervisor   Rose Nero-Esker
Bookkeeper                              Melissa Zucker


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Grounds maintenance



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Beech Creek Gardens is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that operates on a 181-acre site in Stark County’s Washington Township in the heart of northeast Ohio. We provide educational opportunities and interactive experiences that inspire people to be good stewards of their communities and the world. 

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Beech Creek Gardens and these participating organizations & businesses in Stark County have pledged to follow Ohio Health Department's Responsible Restart Ohio sector-specific business guidelines for opening. We have implemented guidelines that protect the health of visitors and employees and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.